Altah B. (altahb) reviewed Baby 411 : Clear Answers and Smart Advice for Your Baby's First Year on
I don't know what I would have done without this book during my daughters 1st year! Being a 1st time mother, I had alot of questions & this book has so many answers. It also has great charts/tables for quick reference.
This is the must-have book for parents--especially new parents. I went nowhere without it--it was extremely helpful. It especially helps to calm your nerves when you think something is going on with your baby..it gives helpful guidelines on what is important, what to worry about, and when to call the doctor. It covers everything that a parent would need to know. I've given several for gifts to new moms because I know that I couldn't have functioned without it. I even have continued to use it for my second child, and it is my first reference about everything when I have a question. You don't need any other baby books except this one--really.
This book saved my sanity and my bank account on more than one occasion when my girls were babies! I highly recommend it to any new parent, or any parent returning to the wonderful world of babyhood.
The book is well organized in a way that allows you to search and find what you need in a snap. There are handy charts on childhood illnesses, feeding schedules, sleep schedules, even poop colors (yes, poop colors! For all new parents, you will become more interested in your baby's poop more than you ever thought possible, trust me!) It offers tips, funny anecdotes and both parental and medical advice. It tells you what is considered "normal" and when its ok to worry, which was a huge deal for me since I tend to freak at the smallest things.
If you have a baby coming, or know someone with a baby coming, and this book is not available on PBS, do yourself or your friends a favor and buy the book. It really did save my sanity! Oh, and as an FYI for the future, they also have a Toddler 411, which is just as good as the baby version in helping you to deal with those fun toddler years. Happy parenting!!